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Templin, Elizabeth, Comp. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
The Consortium celebrated its 20th anniversary at the 2008 Professional Conference in Dallas, Texas in February 2008. Founding president Stephanie Pace Marshall and former presidents Joan Barber, Janet Hugo, Ron Laugen, Cheryl Lindeman, Dennis Lundgren, and Betty Stapp responded to questions about the organization and their involvement with…
Descriptors: Consortia, Presidents, Reflection, Cooperation
Gaudi, B. Scott – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
The author grew up in Staunton, Illinois, a small town in the middle of the state about an hour northeast of St. Louis. Staunton is a rural community like many others in the midwest, populated by hardworking, down-to-earth people who value friends, family, and tradition. Staunton was not an easy place for someone like him to grow up and flourish.…
Descriptors: High Schools, Special Schools, Educational Experience, Culture Conflict
Gill, Kohl S. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
The author was born and raised in rural, northern Mississippi. He went to a local school, the North Pontotoc Attendance Center, from first grade on. The author was always interested in math and science, but, then, he was interested in most all subjects. The expected path that his friends and siblings had followed was clear: attend a junior college…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Teaching Methods, Outcomes of Education, High Schools
Kunz, William – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
Success begets success and opportunity begets opportunity. This principle is something that the author sees at work in his own life. One example of opportunities begetting opportunities is the experience he had at the Academy of Science and Technology to practice his programming skills. The Academy served as a great training ground for what would…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Biotechnology, Science Fairs, Programming
Estkowski, Terri – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
In life, each person is offered opportunities, one after the other, until life ceases. For the author, one of those opportunities was to attend the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center (KAMSC), an NCSSSMST school. While attending KAMSC as a member of its inaugural class required a bit of imagination regarding the opportunity at hand, and…
Descriptors: College Preparation, Science Education, Mathematics Education, High Schools
Ruffin, Kenyatta – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
In this article, the author cites the unusual attributes of his school. In his school, a focus on mathematics, science, and technology never equated to an absence of other disciplines. In his school, admission came with a price--not a financial debt, but a moral obligation. Ethical leadership and service was engrained in students' hearts, their…
Descriptors: Institutional Characteristics, School Culture, Cultural Pluralism, Ethics
Gold, Xandie – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
High school is, in many ways, an experience many would rather not relive, even in memory. As the author reflects on her experiences at the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center (KAMSC), she is struck by how positive her memories are. For her and many of her classmates, their educational experiences up to that point had not been especially…
Descriptors: High Schools, Special Schools, Educational Experience, Teacher Influence
Sigler, Jeff – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
The author has never been good at math. When he was in 9th grade, he found gripping joy in Shakespeare, the wives of Henry VIII, the psychosis of Poe, the heroes of various revolutions, the perpetual pillaging of Alsace and Lorraine. However, his interests changed when he enrolled in the Central Virginia Governor's School (CVGS) for Science and…
Descriptors: Research Papers (Students), Writing Research, Research Methodology, Technology Education
VanArendonk, Kathryn – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008
This essay is an open letter to despairing magnet school students. In this essay, the author describes how she attended the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center (KAMSC) and realized that she was just not into math and science. For her, KAMSC was not part of a continuation along a straight line, but instead marked a sharp right turn away…
Descriptors: Magnet Schools, Educational Experience, High School Students, Student Interests
Brokaw, Everett – NCSSSMST Journal, 2007
This issue's humanities reflection presents a student's argument for attention to the humanities in a math, science, and technology program. Everett Brokaw, a senior at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, recognizes that his specialized school experience has been enriched by personal journeys through literature and through encounters…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Educational Experience, Humanities, Reflection
Lindeman, Cheryl A. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2007
If teachers were to reflect about their most difficult teachable moments in their careers, the author is sure the Virginia Tech tragedy would be extremely taxing on their minds. For those teachers teaching high school seniors, who were in the process of sending deposits to Virginia Tech, it was particularly agonizing. In this article, the author…
Descriptors: Tragedy, High School Seniors, Secondary School Teachers, College Applicants
Marino, Judi – NCSSSMST Journal, 2007
According to the Open Doors report from the Institute of International Education, more than a half million international students are currently studying in the United States. Over half of the international students are from Asia, both the subcontinent (India is the leading sending nation of students) and the Far East (China, Korea, and Japan…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Campuses, International Education, International Educational Exchange
Coleman, Elizabeth – NCSSSMST Journal, 1996
Argues that the absence of a relationship between doing science and the teaching of science is the problem behind schools' failure to improve the quality of instruction or the quantity of interest. That dissociation is attributed to fundamental working assumptions and the structures deriving from them that have dominated education in this century.…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Change, Educational Objectives
Delery, Clayton J. – NCSSSMST Journal, 1998
Focuses on the need for the scientific and education communities to examine their ethical practices to try to determine how to transmit an awareness of ethical values to students. (DDR)
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Ethics